Commissions are xx CLOSED! xxEDIT: Okay, I'm full up! Don't worry, though. I'll open another round in a week or so. Feel free to check out the prices and info below if you're interested in commissioning me! I'll definitely have more slots next time.More Like This
I’ve got some free time and I thought I’d try taking some commissions from my dA peeps for a bit. This is just a trial run, with limited options and only three slots. I’m gonna take this nice and slow because I’m new at this and I don't wanna mess up. I'll probably do another round soon, with added options, so please don't be bummed if you miss out!
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Breaking in...Some IDW editors will be at Perth's Supanova con in June this year, so I've been reading up on portfolios and the like.More Like This
The above is link to a blog by Shawn Swanson aimed specifically at people who want to break in to comics. It cover portfolios, writing, drawing, scripts, options for self publishing, grants, do's and don'ts and so on. He even gives portfolio reviewers some pointers!
Well worth a read IMO
'Renowned' Manga artist paying only $10 per page!!Despite raising almost $30,000 to publish her manga comic just 6 months ago, Sara Mayhew has advertised for an artist on the job offer forums - Could you do 3 pages a day for the next 30 days (under her direction) for $10 per page????More Like This
Sara Mayhew raised $2,000 last year, via an indiegogo campaign to buy herself a new Cintiq https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-me-get-a-cintiq-companion. She then raised over $17,000 https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/saramayhew/legend-of-the-ztarr-vol-1-graphic-novel-and-e-book to fund the printing of the comic Legends of Ztarr AND was apparently awarded $10,000 by the Canadian arts foundation to support her manga comic encouraging girls in sciences http://www.legendoftheztarr.com/blog/index.php/2011/10/oac-grant/
Today she placed an ad on the Deviant Art job offer forum http://forum.deviantart.com/jobs/offers/1966636/ for someone to "assist" with the art - 90 pages, in 30 days for $900...so $10 per page for pencils, inks and color!!! I'd be intere
Advice from artists to writers and artistsQ and AMore Like This
When participating in the Job Offers forum, I often come across the same arguments from 1) commissioners, to justify offering extremely low page rates and 2) artists, to justify accepting extremely low page rates. I’ve compiled those arguments and what I feel are solid rebuttals here in a single document, to save us all some time.
I’m going to assume that everyone reading this recognizes that extremely low page rates devalue artists’ work, encourage a culture in which the artist is a disposable tool rather than a partner in the creative process, and drive down income for all artists in a meaningful and appreciable way. If you can’t even go that far down the road with me, then reading the rest of this probably won’t do much for you either.
Offering extremely low page rates is okay because:
That’s all I can afford: You can afford however much you have. If you don’t have enough to pay a fair rate, then accumulate more money, learn to draw,
There's Nothing Stopping YouThere’s nothing stopping you from hiring a beginning artist at a fair rate. You’ve probably seen posters on the Job Offers forum getting snarky comments for offering low pagerates - $30, $20, sometimes even $10 per page. I don’t need to explain to you why those are insulting offers.More Like This
However, I’ve noticed that when the offers get up around the $50-$75 per page range the angry comments start to fade out. At $100 per page I’ve never seen any at all. Given the amount of time a page takes to draw, these aren’t ridiculously high amounts. They’re generally around, or a little less, than minimum wage – for a professional with a relatively rare and valuable skillset. Artists want to draw. They’re not looking to destroy you. But they still have to eat.
A 200-page graphic novel at $100 per page for art - and let’s assume for the sake of argument that includes colors and letters as well – would cost you $20,000. That’s far mor